# Torque related to the action of pushing off the ground in the prone position

Is less torque generated (produced) by your upper arms (forearms and arms) when there is no space between you and the ground (ie when you are lying completely flat on your stomach and you are trying to forcefully push off the ground). Is there a handicap torque-wise because: 1) there is absolutely no space between your body and the ground? 2) you are then not able to place your upper arms in the ideal position to produce the best torque possible? 3) your forearms are completely flexed on your arms? Or is my impression that a minimal space is required, physic wise, between your body and the ground to generate the best torque possible is just an impression? Thank you for your insights and your time.

If you do the math, you will find that the torque goes as $$cos(\alpha)$$, where $$\alpha$$ is the angle measured up from the ground: the angle between the body's long axis and the line from toes to hands. This means the torque is maximum when the body's long axis is horizontal.